“Choking under pressure” is a well-known phenomenon and occurs when performance is negatively affected because of perceived pressure. Many researchers have studied this topic, mainly verifying the key theories involved: the explicit monitoring theory and distraction theory. The current study adds to the literature by measuring the contributions of body-awareness to choking under pressure. There has been previous research on the concept of overthinking body movements that supports the hypothesis of the more self-aware an individual is of their body, the more they are subject to choking in a pressure induced situation. The current study aims to expand this idea by examining tactile awareness as another body-awareness factor. We examined if the presence of pressure would disturb performance in a golf-putting task. We hypothesized that the participants who ranked high in body awareness would perform more poorly in the pressure group than the participants who ranked low in body awareness.
Larson, Wagner and Larson, Cody
"The Contributions of Body Awareness to “Choking under Pressure”,"
The Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 14
, Article 2.
Available at: http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/jur/vol14/iss1/2